Biochemistry explores life at the molecular level, from DNA and RNA, through to proteins, carbohydrates and lipids. It focuses on how each of these essential molecules form, and their specific biological functions, within cells as well as whole organisms. This knowledge can then be applied to areas such as medicine and biotechnology. For example, understanding the cause of a disease provides the basis for improved diagnosis and the development of novel drugs and other cutting-edge strategies such as CRISPR.

By studying a major in Biochemistry, you will learn directly from world-class researchers and educators who are experts in their field as you:

  • develop an understanding of key biochemistry and molecular biology concepts, looking at areas like protein structure, gene expression and metabolism
  • explore the molecular basis of major diseases, such as cancer, as well as the technical advances and medical applications used to treat them
  • discover the potential of rational drug design, gene editing, stem cell technology and synthetic biology
  • gain practical insights into real-world research problems and projects using the latest techniques.

A major in Biochemistry prepares you for employment in areas including the pharmaceutical industry, medical and agricultural research laboratories, hospitals, private industries, sports clinics, the biotechnology industry, forensic science, science promotion, food science and nutrition. With a major in Biochemistry, you will also be well equipped for postgraduate entry into medicine or a postgraduate career in biomedical research.

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Last updated: 09 Jul 2019